In Portugal, President Antonio Ramalho Eanes is reported to have said that there is no time agreement on talks aimed at establishing a new government.
MV EXT Portuguese Social Democrat leader Francisco Sa Carneiro speaking outside Prime Minister's office in Lisbon.
EXT GV Communist Party Secretary-General Alvaro Cunhal leaving Prime Minister's office.
CU Cunhal speaking to newsmen.
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Background: In Portugal, President Antonio Ramalho Eanes is reported to have said that there is no time agreement on talks aimed at establishing a new government.
SYNOPSIS: On Wednesday (27 September) President Eanes met political leaders, among them the Social Democrat chief Francisco Sa Carneiro. Senhor Carneiro said he had been left with the impression that the President would give the parties all the time they considered necessary to agree on the form of a new Government. He repeated his party's calls for constitutional reform and failing that, early elections.
The Communist Party leader, Dr Alvaro Cunhal also had talks with President Eanes at the Belem Palace in Lisbon. He told newsmen that he had informed the President of his party's resolution to seek a solution involving all democratic forces in Portugal.
Dr Cunhal said the Communist Party was prepared to assume it responsibilities in a government formed after inter - party agreements.
Dr. Cunhal also said his party was ready to allow militants to take part in a non-party Government and added that his party would even co-operate with the Social Democrats. the talks wee the first since the defeat of President Eanes choice for Prime Minister, Nobre da Costa, in parliament two weeks ago.